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Indian Dogs that don't Bark

Updated on March 17, 2016

If you are staying in apartment and your lifestyle or living arrangements do not allow for a dog that is very vocal. You may go for a dog, which rarely bark or doesn't bark. Even It is possible to curb and reduce barking by adequately training to your dog, particularly when they are young. But few dogs doesn't require any training they are known as the "Barkless Dog". They only produce an unusual yodel-like sound.

#1: Jonangi

Jonangi is rare native Indian breed of dog. Which is available along the east coast of India, from Bengal to Kanyakumari.

Jonangi is a pariah-type dog and share many characteristics with Indian pariah dogs. Perhaps the most similar breed like Jonangi is the Basenji. This dog is used, for hunting, small games, as a watchdog, and for herding ducks. Jonangi is extremely agile, easily trainable, courageous and very intelligent dog .It has extremely short and shiny coats, which is one of the unique qualities of this breed. Jonangi may have erect or floppy ears and wrinkled face, another speciality of this dog is "It doesn't usually bark but makes a yodelling sound". ".

Even, Jonangi is a quite dog but very active and alert and not very friendly with strangers, it’s one-man or one-family dog.

Origin East coast of India, from Bengal to Kanyakumari.
Height 17 to 21 inches.
Weight 13 - 22 kg
Coat and Colour Short, thick and shiny coat of multiple colours.
Temperament Very loyal and Intelligent.
Life Expectancy 10 -14 yrs


Jonangi Pups


#2: Dhole or Indian wild dogs

Dhole is an Indian Wild Dog known as Red Dog or Red fox dog because, it looks like red fox. This dog has very similar physical structure like Australian Border coolie, but Dhole is truly comparative in presence to the African Wild dogs and can kill a prey up to 10 times of their size. It has a very good running speed, comparative to African wild dogs who can run with speed up to 37 miles/hour, Dhole has speed of 34 miles per/hour.

This dog is very social animal and lives in large clans which occasionally split up into small packs to hunt. Dholes let their pups eat first at kill. Dhole looks like a red fox and rarely bark, it make a yodelling sound only.

Origin: South and Southeast Asia, India
Height: 17 to 21 inches
Weight: 12-18 kg
Coat and Colour: Short, thick and densed coat of red colour.
Temperament: Not Domesticated, social wild dogs.
Category: Wild dogs
Life Expectancy: 8 -10 yrs

Dhole Vs Elephant and Gaur

The dholes are classed as endangered by the IUCN, There are couple of reasons that effecting them mainly because of on going habitat loss, depletion of its prey base, competition from other predators, persecution and possibly diseases from domestic and feral dogs and at some part humans are their biggest enemies.

The total count ( in 2012) of Dhole was around 2,500 only, That was a real worry but now government of India had taken a necessary step to save these beautiful dogs and they had got a new home at Nagpur and Bandipur wildlife centuries of INDIA. Good news is they are growing fast and in last 2 years, more than 400 new pups are added.

More details are available at: Saving Dhole

Dhole at wildlife century

#3: Chippiparai Dogs

These dogs are ancestors from world's oldest dog breed Salukis. Salukis are among worlds oldest known dog breed from Egypt that have ancient history since 7000 years ago.

Chippiparai are native Indian dogs, originated in south Indian city Chippiparai, Tamilnadu. They are tall athletic and very alert dogs who were used for hunting deer and wolfs and poses great hunting talent, also they have excellent running speed and stamina. They require very less grooming but they need lot of exercise and open space for running and playing, they are not a right choice for the people staying in apartments.

Chippiparais are known for being very quiet dogs but they don't like strangers touching them or other dogs in their territory. Most breed members rarely bark, especially if properly exercised and trained.

Origin: Chippiparai, Tamilnadu (INDIA)
Height: 23 - 32 Inches
Weight: 22-32 kg
Coat and Colour: Short, thick and dense coat of red colour.
Temperament: Very energetic, Loyal and courageous
Life Expectancy: 9-13 yrs

Chippiparai Dog Jumping


#4: Kanni

Kanni is a rare indigenous South Indian dog breed found in the state of Tamil Nadu. It takes its name "Kanni" that means, Virgin Girl. This dog was a gift to the bridegroom just before the marriage. In fact, it was in the list of dowry items offered to the groom.

This dog breed is a further extension of the Caravan or Mudhol Hound, which are a descendant of the Saluki. It appears very similar to Dobermans and used mainly for hunting. Now very rarely pure breed dogs are available. It's on the verge of extinction but necessary steps are taken and good news is, dogs from this breed are growing.

This dog is also known for less barking, who rarely bark. But it’s not like Jonangi or kaikadi who almost doesn’t bark, or like Chipiparai who barks very rarely.

Origin: Tamilnadu (INDIA)
Height: 22 - 32 Inches
Weight: 22-34 kg
Coat and Colour: Short, thick and shiny coat of black colour.
Temperament: Very energetic, Loyal and courageous.
Life Expectancy: 9-13 yrs

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      ARADHYA 3 years ago

      Thanks Eiddwen!!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great hub sraiO1and took me back to my Beagle when I was small. Lassie could bark of course but would often yodel away in that natural hunting tone of a hound. This was a great article;very well informed and interesting. Voted up and shared.


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      ARADHYA 3 years ago

      Hello Ranjan,

      That's very much possible that's I mentioned "This dog is also known for less barking, who rarely bark. But it’s not like Jonangi or kaikadi who almost doesn’t bark, or like Chipiparai who barks very rarely."

      ~ Regards, Santosh Rai

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      ARADHYA 3 years ago

      Hello Express10, Very first "Very uncommon n unique name :) " ..

      About dog barking. I too like the dogs who barks

      And there are [Say most of ppl], who like the dogs which bark, but deff. some ppl have limitation .. they may prefer to have these dogs.

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      Ranjan Patapulla 3 years ago

      Santosh, I have a Kanni dog he bark too much and very active and alert also. But I know many other Kanni dogs who doesn't bark much.

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      H C Palting 3 years ago from East Coast

      I have to agree with JayeWisdom in that I would prefer the bark over yodeling. I enjoyed your hub.

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      ARADHYA 3 years ago

      Thanks Jaye,

      Even many people (Including me), prefer barking over yodelling.

      But I think some, who are staying in apartment or nearby to hospital or school, they may get them a better choice.

      ~ Santosh

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      These descriptions are very interesting. Somehow, though, I think I'd prefer barking over yodeling!

      Voted Up and Interesting